I was struggling to choose which of my pieces to post first this year after my initial announcement. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to focus on the future–not the past. As great as 2015 was, I know 2016 is only going to be better. I thought this post captured something that I know will always be a constant in my life, I just hope it is not too heavy. Enjoy!
Check Social Media. Eat. Repeat.
Social media is just another way for me to be creative. I get to write everyday but my constraints in character count help me think differently. Editing some of the photos that I already take to preserve memories is an added creative perk. My life revolves around networking, which is made similar but more exciting online. Social media is an amazing outlet to document memories and share with others.
Social media is also the perfect ego boost. I will admit I love getting the “like”, 😍 comment, and connection notifications–I mean who doesn’t. I am ashamed to admit the amount of time my friends and I have spent taking selfies. I begin and start my days by checking social media. I will occasionally think in Instagram captions, photo filters, and tweets. This is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to my actual content and sanity.
When I consider both the good and bad of social media, I see all of the amazing potential it has for me to share my ideas and create new things. It may get a bad rep for the ways some people use it, but I love all the different things social media has to offer. I love the way the likes make me feel, but if I am really passionate about how an artsy photo turned out or I think my tweet it really funny, I continue to be confident in those things. As much as social media is about connecting with other people, it still has to reflect my true self.
The Bottom Line:
- Post what ever you want, as much as you want–just make sure you like it. No Shame!
- If you enjoy getting likes for the tweets or photos that you post, make sure you also enjoyed the story behind the photo and actually lived in the moment.
- Balance online communication with face-to-face communication.
- When you feel yourself “doing it for the Instagram” or only interacting through tweets, take a step back and enjoy the sweeter, more real things in life.
Now for the shameless plug… check out my social media outlets. I plan to connect my blog to social media as much as possible!
(Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Vsco Cam included, but I’m also on LinkedIn!)
What is your opinion on social media as it is now? Would you/have you ever done a digital/social media detox? I would love to hear about it!